Venus Transit

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skeptica
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Venus Transit

Post by skeptica »

Hey Everyone!

You know that I'm the resident amateur astronomer around here. So, I just want to point out that we will be witnessing a rare astronomical event, the Venus Transit.

Here's some information about it: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... 71QO71.DTL

People on the West Coast will NOT be able to see it, but there are plans everywhere to show live images from Greece. A friend of mine is currently taking a cruise to witness this. He's somewhere in Turkey or Greece. I'm jealous, but maybe he'll bring back something for me. :)

Check it out! :D
Cleopatra
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Post by Cleopatra »

Wow thanks for the head-ups :)
ceptimus
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Post by ceptimus »

Should be visible from the UK for most of tomorrow morning, from just after sunrise, till about noon, GMT, cloud permitting.

Don't look at the sun. Sunglasses don't give anywhere near enough protection. Even some welding goggles and masks are dangerous for this job.

Most certainly don't look through a telescope or binoculars or a camera viewfinder at the sun - you could be instantly permanently binded.

Best way to see it is on TV. If you want to do it for real use a card with a small pinhole to project the sun's image onto another white card held a few feet behind it. A dark room helps. You can use a telescope instead of the pinhole, if you have one, but again, don't look through the scope to aim it - do it by minimising the shadow of the scope on a card held behind.
Sock
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Post by Sock »

The transit won't be visible from where I live. :(

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Compo ... andard.jpg
ratbag
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Post by ratbag »

Excellent weather for it, here, in the UK.
I went out and had look through a filter. Venus is just a tiny, tiny dot.
The best view is through one of the live webcams.
http://webcast3.uio.no/ Is one of many showing pics during the event.
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Fid
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Post by Fid »

Utterly and completely overcast. Dammit. The telescope got a nice trip and the mosquitos a nice meal though.

Here's a nice animation from India:

http://gong.nso.edu/venus2004/ud/UDmovie.gif
RabbiSatan
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Post by RabbiSatan »

Saw it today at the Science Museum in Melbourne - nice little event - but didn't light me up (I'm too cynical for my age..*sigh*)
skeptica
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Post by skeptica »

Ahhhh... Well, we could see any of it here in California. But, here's some news about it:

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... DT0450.DTL
RabbiSatan
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Post by RabbiSatan »

skeptica wrote:Ahhhh... Well, we couldn't [sic] see any of it here in California. But, here's some news about it:
It didn't really hold anything special for me - but that's just because I've turned cynical too early :)

Anyhow - here's a replay of the transit if you're interested:

http://www.transit.csiro.au/
MoeFaux
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Post by MoeFaux »

Hey you guys, did you see the really cool illustration Google has up today honoring the Venus Transit?
Flannery
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Post by Flannery »

"There's a little black spot on the Sun today,
it's the same old thing as yesterday."

Okay, someone had to sing it. :D
zer0vector
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Post by zer0vector »

Saw it yesterday morning. Sunrise was at 5:55 where I was, with Venus already in transit. 3rd contact (Venus beginning to leave the disk of the sun) was at 7:09. The clouds broke at 6:50, and came back at 7:01. So we got a grand total of 11 minutes of transit, but it was still awesome.

The cool part was that the clouds and fog were still so thick we could look at the sun directly without filters and see Venus.